Thanks for the memories, Jim
PUBLISHED: 12:42 03 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:42 03 July 2013
Following our Journal here in the USA, we were saddened to hear of the loss of Jim Perriam in the paper (May 25).
The tribute also included an article which we found interesting and would like to add some photos and comments that readers may enjoy.
My dad, Leonard Davie, was one of six boys and three girls born and raised in Poplar Row in the 1930s.
The enclosed photo shows my dad, Leonard, on Budleigh seafront, age 15, with his proud new Perriam’s bike on his first delivery.
Shortly after, he was conscripted into the navy for World War Two service, where he was torpedoed and his ship sunk several times.
He returned to Budleigh and met my mum, Alice, an evacuee from Liverpool.
They returned to Budleigh Salterton and their son Robert (myself) was born in Exmouth in 1948.
They continued to live in Poplar Row until my dad died at the age of 27, partly due to water exposure from the sinkings.
My mum then married his best friend, Perk Rogers, from the Budleigh fishing family, and they moved to Chapel Street.
At age five, I remember the walk from our thatched cobb cottage to Perriam’s with my mum to get groceries; farthings were still in existence and 2/6d was a fortune.
The earnings for a 50-hour-plus week was 15/-. Electricity was just available, no TVs and outside toilets and no hot water unless it was boiled on a gas ring.
To see the money go overhead in the cash railway was like fantasyland. I believe this equipment is now in the Fairlynch Museum.
Other shops in the town were Wilson Stores, Hext sweets, Saunders and Hookers fish shop and The Glen. Even Woolworth declined Budleigh.
However, the famous Rosemullion Hotel brought many stars and celebrities including Belinda Lee – not to forget Lee Ford.
Several other hotels helped with work, and that included the Rolle and Southlands. My uncles and myself supplied fish and even seagull eggs to these establishments, all from Budleigh.
Early in the 1940s Arthur’s wife and daughter Joy were killed in their home in Greenway when a German bomber that had been shot down discarded bombs to keep height and sank in Lyme Bay.
Regards from the USA.
The Davie Rogers family
Mount Pleasant, SC, USA